Thursday, 9 July 2009
Cancer patient in £2.5m lotto win
Nicky Cusack, a single mother-of-four from Swindon, won the cash with a line of lucky dip numbers - but said she would return to her supermarket job.
The 43-year-old was recently pronounced free of breast cancer after a course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
In January she was savagely bitten by a pack of six dogs when they attacked her as she tried to protect her children.
Ms Cusack, from Pinehurst, said: "I read the first two numbers out to my daughter Jade and she said: 'You've won £10'.
"Then I stopped when I realised I had all the other numbers, but we both couldn't believe it.
"I phoned my oldest daughter Kelly and asked her to check and she thought we were joking, then she said: 'Mum you've won the lottery'.
"She told me to phone Camelot, but by this point I was shaking and it all became just a blur.
"It still hasn't sunk in, it's been surreal.
"Since January my luck has been awful, it's been a horrible six months, but something at last has come good for me.
"It will be really nice to pay off my debts, but I also want to give something back to Macmillan Cancer and the hospital.
"There is a light at the end of the tunnel now, for a while I was at rock bottom and I never thought there would be."